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Hanford Man Killed in Head-On Crash on I-5 in Merced County

24-Year-Old Hanford Man Killed, 3 Injured in Merced County Truck Accident on Interstate 5 near Highway 140

Merced County, California (January 9, 2020) – One person was killed and three others were injured early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The deadly accident happened at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 8 on Interstate 5, just south of Highway 140.

According to the CHP, a 54-year-old Sun City man was driving a 2014 Volvo semi-truck trailer northbound in the right lane of Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons, he allowed his vehicle to cross over the center median and entered the southbound lanes of the highway, where it sideswiped a 2013 Peterbilt semi-truck that was hauling a tanker filled with 8,600 gallons of gasoline.

The Volvo then collided head-on with a 2004 Lexus ES330 driven by a 24-year-old Lemoore man. As a result of the crash, the tanker rolled over on the right shoulder of the interstate and spilled an unknown amount of gas.

A passenger in the Lexus, a 24-year-old Hanford man, was declared dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.

The driver and another passenger in the Lexus, a 21-year-old Lemoore man, both suffered minor injuries in the crash. The 21-year-old Lemoore man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Volvo sustained minor injuries while the Peterbilt driver was not injured.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were shut down as crews worked to the cleanup of the oil spill.

The accident remains under investigation.

Alpine Law Group Sends strength and condolences to the accident victims and their families

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